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Inclusive Recycling in Brazil: Institutional arrangements, costs, benefits...
Tue 21 March 2017, 14:00 – 16:00 GMT
Dr Emília Rutkowski (Associate Professor at UNICAMP) and Dr Jacqueline Rutkowski (Director of CMRR) will join us for the fourth edition of the interdisciplinary 'Perfect Storm Seminar Series' organised by the Global Academies’ Leverhulme PhD scholars at the University of Edinburgh. All students and staff are welcome to join us for this presentation on "Inclusive Recycling in Brazil: Institutional arrangements, costs, benefits and implications for the sustainability of cities and urban lifestyles".
This seminar aims to explore the results of recent and on-going studies around the inclusion of waste pickers in the provision of waste management and recycling services in Brazil. The presenters will examine the legal, political and institutional framework that contributed to the advancement of this agenda in Brazil. Based on two case studies, carried out in Campinas and Itaúna, they will discuss the costs and benefits of inclusive recycling and its implications for the sustainability of cities and urban lifestyles.
Emilia Wanda Rutkowski is Associate Professor at the School of Engineering, Architecture and Urban Studies of the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil. Her research areas include: environmental management, strategic environmental planning, environmental and land policies, urban water management, inclusive solid waste management, technical networks and sustainability.
Jacqueline Rutkowski is Director of CMRR - Centro Mineiro de Referência em Resíduos, a governmental body in charge of articulating stakeholders to create alternatives for transforming waste into job opportunities whilst preserving natural resources. She is an independent consultant and researcher in the areas of sustainability, waste management and recycling, solidarity economy and social technologies, specialist on action research and participatory methodologies.
Both of them are members of ORIS - Observatório da Reciclagem Inclusiva e Solidária, a network of academics, technicians and waste pickers' leaders, organized to build theoretically-informed and practical-oriented solutions to inclusive recycling.
The Perfect Storm Seminar Series tackles themes related to justice, health, development and the environment. It provides a platform for interdisciplinary discussions with academics and practitioners around the global challenges that make up a 'Perfect Storm', a term to describe increasing competition for food, water and energy in a time of rapid population growth and climate change. The series will discuss the political and social implications of uneven distribution and insecurity of key resources at a global scale. We are grateful to the Leverhulme Foundation and the Global Academies for their funding and assistance in the organisation of this seminar series.